Unicorn, Royal Mail postage stampCryptozoology Reports from the Paranormal Database

Cryptozoology tends to be split into two areas of study. The first deals with animals which are classified from fossil evidence, but are currently considered extinct. The classic example of this type is the Thylacine; the creature officially died out in the early twentieth century, though sightings of the Australian animal still occur today. OOP (Out of Place) creatures are also categorised under this heading, such as the hundreds of Alien Big Cats sightings reported in the UK each year.

The second area of research examines creatures for which no tangible evidence exists, but are carried down the ages in the form of folk stories and myths, or the witness reports are too fantastic to be readily accepted. The following list is a collection of both types of report.


Location: Skipwith (Yorkshire) - Skipwith Common
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: February 1975
Further Comments: A man reported seeing a dark brown bear standing 150 centimetres high. No trace of the creature could be found later.


Location: Snowdon (Gwynedd) - Llyn Glaslyn
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1930s
Further Comments: Witness Oliver Vaughan spotted the pale head of strange animal in Llyn Glaslyn, which was thought to be an Afanc, a lake monster from Welsh mythology.

Brenin Llwyd

Location: Snowdonia (Gwynedd) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The Brenin Llwyd, or Grey King, could be classed as a hairy man entity. It has scared dogs and is weary of any kind of light.

Hungry Worm

Location: Snowdonia (Gwynedd) - Llyn-y-Gadair
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Eighteenth Century
Further Comments: A group of men swimming across this lake were attacked by a large worm-like monster. One of the people was grabbed and consumed by the beast.

Speared Serpent

Location: Solway Firth (Dumfries and Galloway) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After finishing off the local fish population, a large serpent came ashore and started snacking on the local population. Survivors set a trap for the creature; a long line of sharpened wooden stakes were placed along the waterline, which the beast impaled itself upon.

Glassy Eyed Mermaid

Location: Sound of Mull (Argyll and Bute) - Sea
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Pre-twentieth century
Further Comments: Becalmed in their skiff after setting out from the Sound of Mull, two men spotted a creature in the water which had the head, neck and upper torso of a woman, although the hair was coarser and the eyes glassy.


Location: South Cockerington (Lincolnshire) - Mill Hill Way
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 13 August and 15 August 2010
Further Comments: On two separate occasions, two different police officers reported seeing a monkey along this road. Both described the creature as 'a similar size to a squirrel, dark brown in colour with a long, straight, upright tail'.

Man-Like Monster

Location: South Mimms (Hertfordshire) - Bridge along Wash Lane
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Circa late nineteenth / early twentieth century
Further Comments: A man crossing the bridge watched as a human-like creature rose from the ground and leapt over the bridge, vanishing into the mist. The witness fled.

Long Grey Creature

Location: Southwold (Suffolk) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 21 October 1938
Further Comments: While casting their nets, two fishermen watched a long creature around thirty metres away. They stated that the beast was grey in colour, moved at great speed, and estimated the length to be around twenty metres. However, a story later appeared in the local press that the 'creature' was nothing more than several pieces of lumber bound together.

Wild Man

Location: Sproughton (Suffolk) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 16th Century
Further Comments: The wild man is thought to have been a hermit rather than a large hairy hominid. A local pub was named after the man.


Location: St Asaph (Clwyd) - Cefn Caves
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1870
Further Comments: Measuring around one hundred and forty centimetres in length, a crocodile was said to have been killed by a local man in this cave.

Rabbit Hunting

Location: St Audries (Somerset) - Unnamed area near the town
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: February 1994
Further Comments: John Corbett reported seeing a wolverine hunting rabbits close to St Audries.

Large Water Horse

Location: St Brides Bay (Dyfed) - Shore line
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: After being caught by a ploughman, the water horse allowed itself to be used as a plough horse on nearby fields for a few weeks. Once it grew tired of the work, the creature dragged both plough and man into the sea from which they never emerged.


Location: St Kilda (Outer Hebrides) - Small loch
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This mythical water bull was said to live in a lochan on St Kilda until it was killed by the islanders. It was said that any calf born with small or deformed ears was thought to be from a union between a Tarbh-uisge and a cow.

Great Auk

Location: St Kilda (Outer Hebrides) - Stac-an-armin
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1840s
Further Comments: The last known Great Auk sighting in the UK took place on the little island of Stac-an-Armin. The unfortunate bird was beaten to death by three men who mistook the creature for a witch that had summoned a storm.

Blocked Door

Location: St Levan (Connacht) - Pendower Cove
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Having just dropped anchor in the bay, the captain of a ship was surprised when a mermaid stuck her head out of the sea and asked if the anchor could be moved, as it had landed on the entrance to her home. The captain was happy to comply.

Long Sea Beast

Location: St Margaret's Bay (Kent) - Off coast
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1912
Further Comments: This sea serpent was observed moving swiftly through the water, vanishing from view after a sailing boat moved too close to it.

Howling Creature

Location: St Pierre du Bois (Guernsey) - Rocquaine Bay
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: prior to a storm
Further Comments: Heard but never seen, a creature was said to howl close to the reef when a storm was due.

Cow Bone

Location: Stanion (Northamptonshire) - Church
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The church is home to a bone just under two metres in length, which is claimed to have come from a giant cow. The cow would provide free milk for the whole village until approached by a jealous witch who made the creature try to fill a perforated bucket - the cow dropped dead of exhaustion.

Bluish Creature

Location: Stonehaven (Aberdeenshire) - Sea
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: October 1898
Further Comments: A skipper of a fishing boat reported seeing a creature which resembled an upturned boat with fins and a small hump. The visible part of the body was some 68 foot (21 metres) long, although the tail was not visible, and while resembling a whale, the skipper said the head was much flatter than a whale.

Black Creature

Location: Strandhall (Isle of Man) - Coastal road
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A large black thing was seen emerge from the sea and cross the road. It was blamed for causing nearby wooden gates to shake even though there was no wind.


Location: Strichen (Aberdeenshire) - Deep pool near Braco Farm (likely to no longer exist)
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Faced with crossing a flooded stream by foot, one man spotted a black horse nearby and mounted it. Unfortunately, the horse was a kelpie, and dived into the deepest part of the stream, drowning the man. On another occasion, the kelpie took the form of an old man, only revealing its true form when bashed on the head (not a recommended procedure to determine whether someone is really a kelpie).

The Stronsa Beast

Location: Stronsay (Orkney) - Beach
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1808
Further Comments: This grey, seventeen metre long creature was first seen floating dead in the sea, before a storm washed it on the beach. It reportedly possessed six legs and had a mane along its back and tail. Another storm which hit the island soon after the discovery destroyed the corpse. The creature was finally declared to be a rotting basking shark carcass, though the body was five metres longer than the largest basking shark ever recorded.

Black-Browed Albatross

Location: Sula Sgeir (Outer Hebrides) - General area
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: Named Albert, the Black-Browed Albatross spotted on the island was considered lost, as he was several thousand miles from his normal habitat.

Ninety Foot Long Creature

Location: Summer Isles (Highland) - Loch Broom
Type: Cryptozoology
Date / Time: 1906
Further Comments: Two excise officers reportedly fired at a ninety foot (thirty metre) long monster as it charged towards them at some sixty miles per hour, resulting in the creature diving. Local fishermen also spotted the monster, and it was also claimed that a 100 tonne yacht was lifted out of the water when it encountered the beast.

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